Counterspace combines abstracted fragments of London for carbon-negative Serpentine Pavilion - architecture and design

Counterspace combines abstracted fragments of London for carbon-negative Serpentine Pavilion



South African studio Counterspace led by architect Sumayya Vally has unveiled a pink and grey structure built from elements informed by buildings in London as this year's Serpentine Pavilion.
The coronavirus-delayed structure designed by Vally was designed to reference informal meeting spaces in areas of London that have large migrant populations.
"My practice, and this pavilion, is centred around amplifying and collaborating with multiple and diverse voices from many different histories; with an interest in themes of identity, community, belonging and gathering," said Vally.
This year's Serpentine Pavilion was designed by Sumayya Vally of Counterspace
Counterspace's pavilion is the 20th temporary structure to be built in Kensington Gardens near the Serpentine Gallery as part of the annual programme. Vally, who was recently named one of Time magazine's 100 leaders of the future, is the youngest architect to receive the prestigious commission.
Dezeen has published an exclusive video interview with Vally about the pavilion and has partnered with the Serpentine Gallery to live stream a conversation between her and Serpentine Galleries artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist at 1:00pm London time on 9 June.
The pavilion was designed as a place of gathering
To create the pavilion, Vally spent four months in London investigating spaces of gathering that were significant to migrant communities.
These include the Fazl Mosque and East London Mosque, which were some of the fir...
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